Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The Test
Britain, the not-too-distant future.
Idir is sitting the British Citizenship Test.
He wants his family to belong.
Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress.
When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death.
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Why was I so quick to judge this man? I must be nervous, myself. There is a lesson to be learned here. We are all more alike than we think.
What. The. Actual. Fuck.
The Test is basically a Black Mirror episode in novella format. This tiny book is packed full of social commentary, insights into human behaviour, and a whole bunch of mindfuckery. It's best read in a single sitting because you won't want to put this one down.
The reviews vary on this one as to how much of the plot people are giving u ...more
The Test surpasses my wildest definitions of fucked-up. I don’t know how yet but I’m going to blame Neuvel for all my problems. Starting with the fact that I'll be eligible for French citizenship in three years and reading this dystopian novel about a massively messed up citizenship test--to be charitable--freaked the shit out of me.
In a dystopian version of our world, to emigrate to the UK, individuals have to pass a test. It's not exactly the type of test you would expect...
Personally the last bit "after" brought the book down a bit and I would have rather it stop earlier but still a book I would recommend!
its such a simple concept, but so intelligently executed. and probably one of the most interesting stories about human behaviour and psychological profiling i have ever read.
the subtle sci-fi aspect also totally gives 'black mirror' a run for its money. its so well thought-out and really packs a punch.
i am thoroughly impressed.
↠ 4 stars
Since I fell in love with Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants, I’ve been curious to see what he would write next. The Test is an excellent novella, quite different from THE THEMIS FILES trilogy, though some similar themes are touched on and there are similarities in the narrative technique.
I went into reading The Test totally cold, without reading even the blurb ― just knowing that Neuvel wrote ...more
The Test is simple in concept and smart in execution.
I’m not a stranger to Neuvel’s work. I loved Neuvel’s Themis Files trilogy and I found the last book of that trilogy, Only Human to be highly enjoyable due to the philosophical discussions that Neuvel implemented. I’m glad to find that The Test retained his relatable and thought-provoking philosophical discussions. I didn’t know anything about this book when I received it, ...more
I am on my knees. I have been here before. I have been thrown to the ground and I have felt the tip of their guns on the back of my neck. I have been through this and I have survived. We will survive. All of us.
In The Test, we follow Idir Jalil, an Iranian immigrant who's looking to pass the British citizenship test so he and his family can stay in the UK. Despite the pressure he's under — because, as he quickly lets us know through his own memories and back story, there's so much at stake fo ...more
It’s an examination on a future Britain that seems at once incredibly believable and tangible. A way to test and justify fairly who can enter the country in a near-technologically advanced universe. It’s fast paced, morally a ...more
To become a citizen of the UK you need to finish a test. Can you pass it?
I couldn't stop reading!! The themes and the ideas are so interesting and scary, everything at the same time!
Can we have a Black Mirror episode with this story, please?
I'm still not thoroughly impressed with Neuvel's technical execution here. It's a step away from the documentary/interview format he used in the Themis Files, but is still a bit lacking as a narrative piece.
The Test is very short and impactful, if predictable, and so I woul ...more
The Test is a short and thoroughly devastating story, from the very talented author Syl ...more
sylvain neuvel is out here trying to ruin my life and make me rethink my convictions, what else is new?
honestly this short story was so weirdly messed up but wow was it something.
i kind of wish it was written as a full length novel bc i was left with SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS and there are so many ideas that i think could have been presented in a much powerful way if they were given more page time
but at the same time do i really want to experience this in f ...more
NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A FUCKING DYSTOPIA LIKE I'M GLAD IT ENDED WHEN IT DID BECAUSE I WAS LOSING IT BAD
The most hard-hitting thing was probably how disturbingly deep-rooted racism is in our society so as much as that discourse fucked me up, it also made me think about a lot of things in that regard
EEEEP HOW DID I MISS SEEING THIS
“Imagine you just escaped the zombie apocalypse and watched all your friends being eaten alive. Now I’m asking you which fabric softener smells nicer.”
Do you like Black Mirror? Well buckle the fuck up, because this novella is essentially a shortened episode. It’s Black Mirror on speed.
I was riveted from the beginning and read this all in one sitting (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s quite short!)
This is about Idir Jalil, an immigrant from Iran. Idir and his family moved to the UK ...more
This was such a unique and powerful story in such a small little book. It brought up so many psychology questions I’ve asked myself or people ask in hypothetical situations. But the most unique part was it showed how much trauma can affect someone and the consequences of experiments
Guys, I just finished this and I am in shock. This is an action-packed novella with only 100 pages but what a ride. Neuvel continues to amaze me. I don't want to give too much away, because it short so I'll only say this: Neuvel keeps bringing up difficult subjects and he just makes you think. Also, hands up for the realistic representation of PTSD.
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The psychology was interesting but felt superficial; all the 'keys' to the story are revealed way too early on, so sadly I predicted the entire outcome; and there are way too many moments of cheap sensationalism for such a brief book. I digested this in less than an hour, but have ultimately been somewhat left down.
Was it readable? Certainly. But has it been done before, and better? Yes. Was it unpre ...more
This short story packs a punch. It starts off so good, as in happy, and that’s probably the worst part. Idir is an immigrant who must pass the BVA, the British Values Assessment, exam to gain citizenship for himself and his family. The technician breaks some rules and ...more
Wow. This is the first I’ve read of Neuvel’s, even though Sleeping Giants has been on my radar for AGES.
The first thirty pages had me hooked, and then that twist!
This is a short novella following Idir as he takes a citizenship test for him and his family. However, there’s a shocking twist and a series of events afterward that will pull at your heartstrings.
This could (theoretically) be a scary future for humanity as a whole and I really enjoyed the unique take on this subject.
I high ...more
Thank you to tor.com for a free copy of this book.
Holy poop, man! You may remember that I absolutely love, love, love Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files trilogy, so clearly I needed to do whatever was necessary to get my hands on this novella before its February 12th release date. Thanks to the amazing people at Tor.com I didn’t have to beg, borrow, or steal. Okay, maybe I begged a little.
I’ll admit that i was a little bummed out when I saw jus ...more
Very quick read, 74 pages. Not at all what I had imagined it would be based on summary. It's a very unique fictional presentation of a timeless philosophical debate: good vs evil, and what makes someone either, or? How would you determine the criteria?
I thought it was creatively provocative but still light enough to be an entertaining read for anyone!
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